In many ways, True Blood’s fifth season finds Pam in uncharted territory. Not only has she turned Tara (Rutina Wesley) into a vampire (and like it or not picked up the responsibilities of a maker), but also she’s currently estranged from her own maker, Eric (Alexander Skarsgard).
“It feels different to me. It’s really fascinating,” Kristin Bauer van Straten tells Celebuzz. “After they release three or four episodes to the press and I start talking to the people, I can feel the energy and hear the impressions. It feels different to me this year. But, it just feels really great.”
Celebuzz spoke to Bauer van Straten about Pam’s new relationship toTara, what to expect going forward with Eric and what it’s like to delve into her character’s past.
Celebuzz: How do you think Pam is dealing with being a maker?
Kristin Bauer van Straten: It feels as if it was a simple deal. “Maker? I don’t even like her, she’s been trying to kill us. Let her die, who cares if she’s standing there sobbing.” We’re going to see the next evolvement of that on Sunday.
CB: What can we expect from that relationship?
KB: Pam is going to have to do some tough love… Pam and Tara are actually similar creatures in a lot of ways, so they’re going to butt heads a lot. And I love that Pam always wins. I’m not even sure how it’s going to wrap up yet. We haven’t filmed [Episode] 12 yet, but it’s been a fascinating year to play the estrangement from my maker and then being a maker… We’re going to find out if Pam has a heart for anyone besides Eric — very deep, deep down inside.
CB: Is it possible that Pam and Eric’s relationship is coming to an end?
KB: It can’t be. I think that it can’t. They have to be that bond between Pam and Eric. They have to survive everything. It just has to or I won’t be able to take it.
CB: We’ve ventured into Pam’s backstory this season. What was the most interesting part of that for you?
KB: What I‘ve been playing for years is that Pam loves being the top of the food chain and how comfortable and how fun it is to actually step into that mindset of no fear of offending anyone, no worry about being liked, no fear of death or illness. All the things that we have and deal with as a human she doesn’t have to deal with at all. And I’ve been wondering what could possibly have been her genesis and who the hell could this person have been before she was a vampire.
And when I read it, it was very fun as an actor to try to find the vulnerability and the humanity that she had just because she in that time had to worry about being killed, had to worry about illness. It’s an incredibly frail time to be a woman in that profession. It’s a vulnerability that I don’t even understand as a modern woman. But I try to find as an actor that character before she was a vampire, but also so that you can see the through line. To try to connect them, but have them be different was a challenge.
CB: What else did you love about playing Pam before she was a vampire?
KB: Wardrobe, because we always put Pam in corsets and now we go, “Oh yeah, she was alive then. She’s borrowing from that time period, that’s when she grew up.” And the hairstyles we do in modern day, we have a couple of outfits that are almost period pieces. We have an 80s look that’s coming up. The costume designers got a great outfit from eBay – it’s vintage 80s and we thought, “Right she’d probably thoroughly embrace the 80s and live through it.” So, it’s fun to tie in all the pieces in hindsight. We had to film all this stuff not knowing what Pam’s exact story was. And the writers are so brilliant that they find the storyline that fits all that we’ve seen and we know.
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Mick Jagger gave away daughter Jane on her wedding. The Rolling Stones rocker walked his only daughter with Bianca Jagger down the aisle Saturday, June 30 at the Aynhoe Park Hotel near Banbury, Oxfordshire.
Jane married DJ Adrian Fillary in front of celebrity guests such as model Kate Moss and designer Christian Louboutin. Moss’ daughter Lila Grace was one of the flower girls. Meanwhile, the 40-year-old bride recruited her daughters with artist Piers Jackson,Assisiand Amba, to become the bridesmaids.
Family in attendance beside Mick and Bianca were Mick’s second wife Jerry Hall and their daughter Georgia. Mick was expected to perform at the reception held also at the hotel. The Daily Mail reported that he would sing Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” as the newlyweds took their first dance as married couple.
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The bizarre factoid has been noticed by everyone from conspiracy theorists to fans to numerology to critics of Scientology.
But whether it is by coincidence or design, here are the three Mrs. Tom Cruises, by the numbers.
Wife # 1 Mimi Cruise was 31 when she wed Cruise, who was six years her junior, and 33 when they split in 1990.
Wife # 2 Nicole Kidman whose marriage to Tom lasted the longest, was 23 when they said “I do” and 33 when they separated in 2001.
Wife # 3 Katie Holmes was 28 when she and Tom had their lavish wedding ceremony in Italy. When she filed for divorce on Thursday, she was 33.
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How interesting is this little tidbit? There is something not quite right with this lad. I wonder what planet Tom is really from?
If you ever find yourself in a position to have Matt LeBlanc recite his favorite lines or completely re-enact classic scenes from “Friends,” I highly recommend you take advantage. I found it hard to believe that he could even rattle off lines from this season of “Episodes” (Season 2 premieres Sun., July 1,10:30 p.m. ETon Showtime), let alone spout dialogue from almost a decade ago … but that he did.
I caught up with LeBlanc, who plays Matt LeBlanc, a fictionalized version of himself in Showtime’s series about the making of another series called “Pucks.” Last season’s cliffhanger finale — which involved the fictional LeBlanc bedding one-half of a married couple (played by the hilarious Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan), who are in fact his new TV bosses — was messy, to say the least.
Season 2 finds him still in the thick of that “super awkward dynamic,” with some interesting new distractions, including a very memorable hand job scene, a stalker and a side of famous actors we don’t often see: rejection. Keep reading for more on where “Episodes” is heading next (“Someone from ‘Friends’ is on,” LeBlanc teases) and to see which scene from “Friends” — a show he still remembers as “an ego-free, great environment” — I had the pleasure of re-living.
“Episodes” seems to have really found its footing. Season 1 ended strong, and this continues that momentum.
When you’re a new show, you have a lot of exposition to deal with, and I think we’ve sort of gotten all of that out of the way. The people that are watching kind of know where the characters are and what the story is and the world that they live in, so with two more episodes in the second season — nine versus seven [in Season 1] — it gives us a little more room. And also with the lightened load of exposition, I think it gives us more room to develop characters, and for the support cast, there’s a lot more to do. It’s opened up the world a little more.
Last season’s finale was incredibly messy — what can you tease about where things pick back up?
Right? So at the outset, there’s this super awkward dynamic that we’re all trying to navigate, and we have this common goal to get this show running and make this television show that’s … it’s just a disaster.
Poor “Pucks”! Holy hell, it really is bad.
It’s so bad.
But I think even “Matt LeBlanc,” as clueless as they’ve made him, realizes that it’s not a great show.
Right. You know what’s interesting about it, too? The way the writers have sort of crafted the “Pucks” character, that’s the kind of character that the networks have tried to get me to come back and play. The network in the show has tried to get the Matt LeBlanc in the show to sort of play something that’s close to Joey, which I think is an interesting spin. So the Matt LeBlanc within the show that is the actor that plays the character on “Pucks” — if you can follow me — is sort of reaping the rewards of having played that character on “Friends.”
There was a great line from John Pankow, who plays the network head Merc, like “Oh, it’s your first show since ‘Friends’!” People seem to forget the other stuff.
[Laughs.] And Matt’s like, “Okay …”
When I watch this show, and especially now seeing more of what “Pucks” is this season, I do imagine that that’s the kind of role people wanted you for before you got “Episodes.”
Yeah, there’s some of that, but it doesn’t seem to be as blatant as what we’ve scripted in the show. I think that character on “Friends” is gonna follow me around forever and that’s fine. That’s a sign of being part of something that was that popular, I guess.
There are worse fates for an actor …
Yeah, I mean having to go to work at a waiter’s job is probably worse.
There’s another great line in the third episode where Matt says something to Morning (Mircea Monroe) about her level of fame …
Oh yeah, that was a great line — on the way to the funeral. “Kind of playing fast and loose with the word ‘famous.'” [Laughs.]
[Laughs.] How do you remember all of this? Didn’t you shoot this months ago?
I was in London from mid-October until February. But, I mean, if it’s great, huge, super lines like that, they tend to stand out, you know?
Like getting a handjob in a screening of “Pucks,” then proclaiming that getting jerked off while you’re watching yourself on TV is the kind of thing actors work their whole lives for?
Yeah, that’s the clip we used on “The Tonight Show” the other night, and I couldn’t believe that they let that clip go on. Jay [Leno] loves the show — he really went above and beyond plugging the show. I was shocked at how big a fan … he watched them all in one sitting, he said. That’s what I did when I got them — I watched them all at once.
You watch yourself?
I watch everything once. I don’t, like, sit and watch it over and over and over again, like Gabe Kaplan, I heard, used to do. I heard he used to just watch “Welcome Back, Kotter” reruns like on a loop in his house. It was just always on.
That’s maybe the most depressing story I’ve ever heard.
[Laughs.] Kind of sad, yeah. I mean, I watch everything I do to see how it came out. And, you know, “Friends” is on so often that if I’m channel surfing, I’ll see which one it was, and if it was one of my favorite ones, I might watch it.
So you have favorites, too? Because everyone does.
Yeah, I have some favorite ones. Like any of the ones with the turkey on my head — those are all pretty funny. The maternity pants, getting locked in the entertainment unit when the house got robbed, the baby on the bus was a good one. And when I got the hernia, that was a funny one. That one had one of my favorite lines of all time.
Please, do share.
Chandler comes in and I’m all doubled up on the floor and he says, “Shouldn’t you be on the toilet right now.” And I said, “No, no, I was lifting weights before and I blacked out, and when I came to I got this thing sticking out of my side. I got this sharp pain, and now I can’t really get up.” He goes, “You should go to the doctor, that sounds like a hernia.” And I go, “No way — if I go to the doctor for anything it’s going to be for this thing sticking out of my side.” And he goes, “That’s a hernia! You’ve gotta go to the doctor!” And I look at the dumbbells on the floor [laughs] and I say, “Damn you, 15!” [Laughs.] I couldn’t get through it with a straight face. “Damn you, 15!”
The fact that you can quote an entire scene from “Friends” as easily as you can spout lines from “Episodes” is rare.
And there’s some great lines in “Episodes.” Have you met the stalker yet? I won’t spoil it for you, but there’s a great line to her right as I’m … I won’t say anything.
When you sat and watched them, did you have a favorite episode this season? Maybe one you think fans will really like?
With “Episodes,” my favorite ones are always toward the end of the season because there’s an emotional through-line that carries through the whole season — it’s almost like a soap opera in that sense — so the storylines have all built to a crescendo at the end of the season, and those episodes seem to be the richest, character-wise and story-wise. You’re more invested by that point.
We see a slightly different side of Matt LeBlanc this season, for as shallow as he still is. Do you feel like Matt LeBlanc has gotten even weirder this season?
I don’t know if it’s weirder … I think what happens is he starts to feel, I guess, sorry for himself as they start to take the focus of “Pucks” away from him, and he sees that this isn’t helping get his career back on track like he’d hoped. He kind of throws in the towel a bit and starts drinking too much and eating too much — he just doesn’t care about anything anymore. He goes into this downward spiral that was kind of interesting to play with. To find the comedy in that was fun.
Are we going to get a fat Matt LeBlanc?
[Laughs.] There are moments when I wonder how much is pulled from your real experiences in Hollywood, but then there are such ridiculous stories and scenes that I just sit back and appreciate the comedy of it all. He tells this amazing story about being at Orson Welles’ funeral, and a woman named Gloria Heywood …
That’s a great monologue! That’s the brilliance of their writing — they use this big, long, elaborate, colorful, structured set-up for a joke about crabs. [Laughs.] They’re so clever. You do not see that punchline coming. You think it’s this super poignant speech about how fleeting fame is, and then, “I learned a valuable lesson that day … how to get rid of crabs.”
Exactly. But I think with so many “Friends” references, sometimes you forget to remember it’s fake.
Yeah, but if any show is going to make a reference to “Friends,” I feel like this one has the right to, because it’s David Crane writing it, and I’m in it and I’m playing the guy who was on “Friends.” So it’s almost like this built-in right that you can kind of blur the line of the truth a little bit here and there and make people wonder, “Wait a minute — did that really happen? Or was that fake?” You know what I mean? We have this ability to fudge the line a little bit, which has been fun to play with.
What’s next for you?
I think I’m being choosier. I start this movie in a couple of weeks, this romantic comedy, and that’ll be fun. It’s with this director Luke Matheny — he won the Academy Award last year [for Best Short Film for “God of Love”] and he’s a super nice guy. It’s called “Lovesick,” and it’s myself and Ali Larter, and I believe we have Chevy Chase to play my creepy neighbor who hangs out in his robe all day and watches pornos while eating cereal. I watched Luke’s movie that he won the Academy Award for and to look at that on paper, you’d say, “This is a silly idea” — this guy finds some magic arrows to make this girl fall in love with him — but he injected it with so much heart and emotion and creativity.
And this film that we’re doing could easily be a big, broad comedy, but that’s not what we’re going to go for. It’s a clever little project. My concern is it turning into this thing that happens so often — this little, small movie that has no pressure on it, then it gets cast and the expectations get higher, but the budget doesn’t get any higher. I hope that doesn’t happen with this, because I think it’s an opportunity to make a really nice, warm little movie.
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In retrospect it is really no surprise other than it was Katie and not Tom who made the move but after five years of marriage, Hollywood couple Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are calling it quits. Katie’s lawyers released an official statement via People Magazine stating:
“This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family,” says Holmes’s attorney Jonathan Wolfe. “Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.”
Surprising, Katie was the one calling it quits because Tom’s pattern has been to end things after 10 years as he did with Nicole Kidman. I think the Aliens who rule Tom and the other Scientologists feel 10 is the magic number of being able to fully control or not. If not…time to go.
Tom and Katie have also been photographed separately quite often lately which may have been a clue that all wasn’t great in paradise. Did Scientology play a role in this…time will tell.
Way to go Katie for having the guts and where with all to make the first move. To secure what undoubtedly will be a better life for you and your daughter.
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“It’s quite amazing when you think about it,” Mick Jagger told Rolling Stone late last year, discussing the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary. In honor of the occasion, the band asked artist Shepard Fairey to update their iconic tongue logo with a sleek new design.
The tongue was first used on the “Sticky Fingers” album sleeve in 1971 and designed by John Pasche, a student at the Royal College of Art in London. Pasche was commissioned in 1969 by Jagger, who was unhappy with the designs provided by the Stones’ label, Decca Records. “The design concept for the tongue was to represent the band’s anti-authoritarian attitude, Mick’s mouth and the obvious sexual connotations,” Pasche later said. “I designed it in such a way that it was easily reproduced and in a style I thought could stand the test of time.”
Today, even Jagger is surprised at how far the band has come. “It’s a very different group than the one that played 50 years ago,” he said. “When I think about it, one part of me goes, ‘We’re slightly cheating,’ because it’s not the same band — still the same name, but it’s only Keith and myself that are the same people, I think. I’ve tried to find out when Charlie [Watts’] first gig was [but can’t]. But it’s an amazing achievement. It’s fantastic, and I’m very proud of it.”
Here’s hoping we’ll see the logo onstage later this year.
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Obviously so intentional that it’s hard to call it a wardrobe malfunction, Stone, who is currently dating 27-year-old Argentinean supermodel Martin Mica, dashed out of her hotel for dinner wearing a long-sleeved top, that didn’t quite cover up her nipples and was sheer the rest of the way down.
The certifiable cougar looked anything but bashful about her revealing look, flashing a wide smile as the cameras snapped her in action.
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He’s been absent from TV for 16 months, but Charlie Sheen hasn’t lost his chops. It helps that his new agreeable-enough comedy on FX, Anger Management, mirrors his previous one, Two and a Half Men.
Sheen’s Charlie Goodson, a rage-filled baseball star turned anger-management therapist, is just a slightly more evolved version of Men’s incorrigible commitment-phobe, Charlie Harper. And the writing style seen in these back-to-back episodes — ceaseless sarcastic jabs from loved ones, hit-or-miss sex jokes, exaggerated dating dilemmas — is nearly identical.
When Charlie makes amends to a kooky old fling who’s still smitten, Sheen handles the farce with casual aplomb, even as dizzying amount of supporting characters is introduced. There’s his jaded squeeze (Selma Blair), his smarmy ex (Shawnee Smith), his OCD-suffering daughter (Daniela Bobadilla) and two therapy groups of punch line-happy eccentrics.
But ultimately, it’s Sheen who sells Anger’s easy humor. With his own high-profile troubles, he disarms in a role that clearly hits home.
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‘People gravitate towards the party girl thing but in my expression of myself, from the way I dress to how I speak and act, I am trying to show that I want people to feel they can be themselves.
‘I grew up in Nashville, which is very religious and conservative and not at all open-minded.
‘I want to encourage kids to be themselves, feel free to express themselves and have their eccentricities encouraged who have lyrics in music that can be interpreted to have deeper meanings, but how deep can you dive into “Brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack?’
Well that role model philosophy has manifested itself in her getting a new tattoo, her 6th which she recently got at the Alchemy Tattoo Parlour in Sunset Boulevard. What did she get this time – the words ‘Suck It’ permanently inked to her inside lower lip.
Along with it being incredibly painful on the sensitive interior of the lip, Kesha’s tattoo could be prone to infection because there is so much bacteria in the mouth.
Quite the role model don’t ya think?
I realize self expression is always a good thing and in this era, tattooing – body art seems to be the expression of choice however, I just wish these people would do these things for themselves without shoving it down the throats of those they feel worship them. I don’t know why Kesha would tatoo the words ‘suck it’ on her inner lip. Perhaps it’s her way of showing people who throw negative barbs her way how she truly feels about them…who knows.
Equating a tattoo with being or not being a role model is ridiculous. Get a tattoo, who cares, but do it for yourself, not to SHOW others anything!
When Kesha is 50 or 60 years old and no one knows her name or cares what she thinks, she will be the one left with a faded, wrinkled lip with the words ‘suck it’ written on it….and when that time comes when she’s at that late stage of life, when she’s too old to chew her food and needs to be reminded just how to ingest nutrients, at least she will be reminded what to do with the straw that someone just put in her mouth.
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Never having been a fan of his daughter’s wayward husband, Amy Winehouse’s father reveals the depth of his hatred for Blake Fielder-Civil in a new book about her life and premature death, and RadarOnline.com has excerpts of the mourning parent’s memoir.
A year after she was found dead in her apartment from an accidental alcohol overdose, Mitch Winehouse wrote Amy, My Daughter to reveal the depth of his devastating loss and the years of conflict he had with her allegedly drug addicted deadbeat spouse.
Amy first met Fielder-Civil in a pub in Camden, London, and from the start she was intoxicated by him, and even though she knew he had another girlfriend, she still had his name tattooed on her breast within a month.
Mitch’s first impression of Blake was a bad one when he caught him passionately kissing his 21-year-old daughter in the middle of a crowded bar, and it got even worse when he found out he did cocaine even though Amy was “dead against class-A ‘chemical’ drugs.”
Despite dumping him because of his heroin habit and cheating ways, Winehouse was soon back with the inspiration to Back To Black – an album which her dad disliked because of that, and the pair rapidly spiraled out of control.
By 2007, she was dating him full-time and Mitch gave him a second chance, calling to him a “respectful guy, if a bit scruffy,” but “I couldn’t have been more wrong, he admitted. “In the light of what happened later, I’m pretty sure that Amy had started smoking heroin and crack cocaine by then, but at the time I had no idea.”
When Amy was hospitalized from a seizure later that year Blake didn’t even bother calling her after she had her stomach pumped, says her dad, and when he persuaded the pair to go for addiction treatment at Osea Island Blake took him aside and said: “I have no intention of getting clean, I like being a drug addict.”
Mitch’s relationship with Blake’s mother and step-father, Georgette and Giles, was just as tumultuous and turned into an on going family feud that regularly landed in the tabloids.
When Fielder-Civil was arrested in November 2007 for perverting the course of justice after allegedly manipulating a witness in his upcoming assault trial, Amy was famously seen sobbing, “Baby, I love you. I’ll be fine,” as he was led away in handcuffs.
That night his parents barged into Mitch’s house and screamed, “You grassed Blake!” and after Giles called Amy a “bitch” her dad lost it and punched him in the face in what ended up being a mass brawl.
Blake was soon sent to Pentonville Prison, and while Mitch hated seeing Amy so sad he hoped it meant she would finally get clean; sadly he was wrong.
The troubled marriage finally came to an end in 2009, and one of the last straws was Blake texting her dad from behind bars asking for money. “You are trying to buy your daughter’s divorce. Stop hiding Amy’s money. I want a contract.”
After Amy’s death on July 23, 2011 at age 27, Blake played the role of mourning ex from prison, telling the Sun newspaper: “I’m beyond inconsolable … my tears won’t dry.” He continued, “I will never ever again feel the love I felt for her. Everybody who knew me and knew Amy knew the depth of our love. I can’t believe she’s dead.”
He reportedly next dated a teenage pre-op transsexual who worked as a Winehouse impersonator and now has a son with girlfriend, Sarah Aspin.
Written by Debbie Emery – radaronline.com